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what is retinal detachment?

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Dr. Samuel Barone
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Elevated retina: A retinal detachment is a separation of the retina from the eye wall. It can be caused by a tear or hole that allows fluid from the middle of the eye to get under the retina and elevate it, by an inflammatory process that allows fluid to collect under the retina, or by scarring inside the eye that pulls the retina away from the eye wall. Retinal detachment often requires surgical intervention.
Dr. Theodore Wu
Ophthalmology 22 years experience
Retinal detachment: The retina is a 10 layered area lining the back of the eye. The retina received light and converts light signals into electrical impulses that are transmitted to the visual cortex. When the surface layers of the retina separate from the deeper layers, usually following a retinal tear, this is called a retinal detachment. Surgery is needed to fix this to prevent blindness.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Don't Delay: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. This is caused usually by a hole or tear in the retina. Symptoms of an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Retinal detachment: Retinal detachment is a detachment of the retina from the inside of the eye. The portion of retina that is detached leaves the vision completely black in the detached area. Retinal detachment is usually caused by a peripheral hole/tear of the retina.
Dr. Bernard Godley
Retinal Surgery 32 years experience
Loss of Vision: When the retinal layer peels away from the eye wall (like wall paper), it is detached. When the retina separates like this vision is impaired. This is caused usually by a hole or tear in the retina. Symptoms of an rd are painless vision loss, flashing lights, and floaters. You should immediately seek an evaluation from an ophthalmologist for diagnosis and treatment.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

How is retinal detachment treated?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Variety of ways: Depending upon the location and extent of the break the following techniques may be employed: laser, gas injection, encircling retinal buckle, vitrectomy, cryo freezing of the tear. Your retinal surgeon will determine the best method.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who gets retinal detachment?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Multiple risks: These are some risk factors for retinal detachment: high nearsightedness, family history, posterior vitreous detachment, retinal tuft, lattice degeneration, trauma, diabetes, etc. The causes and treatments are quite varied. If you see flashes of light, have floaters or experience loss of peripheral vision - see an ophthalmologist today!
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is retinal detachment diagnosed?

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Dr. David Kira
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Dilated exam: A retinal tear of detachment requires dilation of the pupil and an extended retinal exam which can entail pushing on the eye slightly with a probe to see the entire retina.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What happens if retinal detachment?

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Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 27 years experience
Black curtain.: If the retina detaches from the back of the eye, you will see a black curtain or veil in the area that the retina is detached. If left untreated the curtain will not go away and could progress ultimately leading to complete blindness of the eye.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Retinal detachment symptoms?

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Dr. Tim Conrad
Ophthalmology 34 years experience
They are: A new onset of floaters in the vision, flashes of light and/or the appearance of a curtain or veil in the peripheral vision. Occasionally a retinal detachment will be accompanied by bleeding in the causing a profound loss of vision.

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